The Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians will conclude a four-game series tonight at Progressive Field.

Cleveland, who has taken two games during this set, will look to gain more ground on the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins, as they sit 3.5 games back. Chicago hopes to get out of Cleveland with a split and inch closer to .500 before they head to Minnesota for their last series before the All-Star break.

Lucas Giolito (5-5, 5.05 ERA) will take the hill for the White Sox Wednesday night. It was a rough go for the right-hander in his last start, as he surrendered five runs to the sputtering Tigers. If the White Sox want to play in October, they will need better pitching from everyone in the rotation besides Dylan Cease, who is having a breakout year.

The Guardians will trot out Aaron Civale (2-5, 6.28 ERA). Civale was terrible coming out of the gate through May, but he has slightly come back down to Earth. The righty will look to build on a positive outing against the Kansas City Royals, in which he gave up one run on six hits.

Let’s take a look at the angles for the Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians.

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Chicago Needs to Start Winning

The White Sox have not been able to stabilize themselves so far this season. They have not been .500 since June 21, and for a team that was expected to go deep into the postseason, time is running out to turn things around.

Chicago is 3.5 games back in the AL Wild Card standings. Divisional wins will be important through August and September, as well as series victories against the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners, who are firmly entrenched in the Wild Card race.

A formidable offense on paper with the likes of Tim Anderson, rising stud Andrew Vaughn, Luis Robert, Jose Abreu, and the returning Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox have not been able to put runs on the board, sitting 18th in the league in total runs, and ranking near the bottom in leaving runners on base.

They have the necessary offensive tools to be great, but in order to be a winning team, all three facets of the game need to be in harmony. Chicago is 24th in WHIP, and they are missing three key relievers in Aaron Bummer, Kyle Crick, and Vince Velasquez. To add to their bullpen trouble, 2020 first round pick Garrett Crochet is out for the season with Tommy John surgery.

Guardians Stand their Ground

Unlike the White Sox, the Guardians have not been a major disappointment this season. Cleveland went through a bad slide to begin July, losing six-of-seven between the Tigers and the Royals, but they still sit two games back of the Wild Card.

Cleveland is a solid home team, sporting a 22-17 record. The Tigers come to town for a four-game set tomorrow.

Outside of the uber-talented Jose Ramirez, Andres Gimenez and Josh Naylor have really stepped up for the Guardians, giving their lineup reliable hitting and more power pop. Cleveland does not strike out either, as they have the lowest strikeout rate in the league.

Prediction for Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians

Scoring should come easy to both squads tonight during the Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians game with two shaky pitchers on the mound. Gilotio and Civale might be due for good outings, but they have proved time-and-time again this season their inability to shut down average offenses.

Take the over of 8 (-105 at Caesars Sportsbook) in a high-scoring affair.

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